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July 28th, 2009
SMPD charges three, seeks one more

Derek Arredondo, left, and Eric Arredondo, right.


The San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) has charged three men in connection with recent robberies, and is looking for a fourth.

SMPD said Derek Scott Arredondo and his brother Eric Arredondo, both 22, forced their way into a home on Uhland Road on July 21 to collect a dent. The suspects forced the victim to drive to an ATM machine at knifepoint. No one was injured.

Shortly after, Derek Arredondo was arrested on unrelated charges. He is in the Hays County Law Enforcement Center under $50,000 bond and charged with aggravated robbery, a first degree felony.

Police are searching for Eric Arredondo, who is wanted for aggravated robbery. Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to call the SMPD (512) 753-2300 or Crimestoppers at (512) 353-TIPS.

In a separate incident, police have charged Luis Alberto “Able” Contreras, 23, of Austin, with the aggravated robbery of a Whataburger employee during the morning of July 20.

Police say Contreras, a former employee of the Whataburger located at 4040 South Interstate-35, accosted an employee at knifepoint in the parking lot.  The suspect then stole an undetermined amount of cash from the employee and fled in a maroon vehicle. No one was injured.

Contreras was arrested on July 21 and is currently in the Hays County Law Enforcement Center with bond set at $50,000.

In a third incident, police charged Cedrick Lamont Samuel, 36, of San Marcos with the July 3 Robbery of the Shell Food Mart located at 934 North Interstate-35 North.

SMPD Commander Terry Nichols said, Samuel entered the store and told workers that he had a gun and would shoot.

The suspect fled the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of currency and got into a white car driven by an Hispanic male suspect.  Witnesses described the car as a white passenger vehicle with “W8” as the first two numbers in the license plate. There were no injuries reported during the robbery.

Samuel was arrested in Austin on July 14 and charged with aggravated robbery. He is in the Hays County Law Enforcement Center on a $70,000 bond. Nichols said the investigation is continuing and additional arrests are anticipated.

Cedrick Samuel, left, and Luis Contreras, right.

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